Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This lesson is one of six lessons for Years 3-8, designed to support you and your students to produce quality films for the MobileMuster Film Competition, with the aim of encouraging the community to recycle more of their old and unused mobile phones. For information about the Film Competition, visit the MobileMuster website.

This lesson introduces students to the benefits of mobile phone recycling as identified by MobileMuster. Students will explore the reasons why people don’t choose to recycle their phones and will learn about behaviour change theory. They will explore the importance of acknowledge emotion in decision making and develop ideas to encourage greater uptake of mobile phone recycling. Students will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas and provide constructive feedback to their peers. If your class is new to mobile phone recycling this is a great way to engage them in the topic before planning their short films in this follow up lesson: Designing for Change – Years 3-6

Learning intentions:

  • Students will discover the various materials that are used in mobile phones.
  • Students will understand the environmental impact of mining and disposing of certain materials.
  • Students will understand the importance of recycling toxic and non-renewable materials.
  • Students will understand the role emotion plays in human behaviour.
  • Students will develop strategies for influencing human behaviour.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 5 HASS

  • Influences on consumer choices and methods that can be used to help make informed personal consumer and financial choices (ACHASSK121)
  • Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI102)
  • Reflect on learning to propose personal and/or collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict the probable effects (ACHASSI104)

Year 6 HASS

  • The effect that consumer and financial decisions can have on the individual, the broader community and the environment (ACHASSK150)
  • Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI130)
  • Reflect on learning to propose personal and/or collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict the probable effects (ACHASSI132)

Syllabus outcomes: GE3-4

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking. Personal and Social Capability. Literacy.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 5 achievement standards:

Students recognise that choices need to be made when allocating resources. They describe factors that influence their choices as consumers and identify strategies that can be used to inform these choices. They describe different views on how to respond to an issue or challenge.

Relevant parts of Year 6 achievement standards:

Students recognise why choices about the allocation of resources involve trade-offs. They explain why it is important to be informed when making consumer and financial decisions. They explain different views on how to respond to an issue or challenge.

Topic: Sustainability, Consumption

Unit of work: MobileMuster Film Competition

Time required: 60 minutes.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitating class discussions and brainstorms, guiding group activities.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Elevator Pitch Factsheet – one copy per 4-5 students. Assessment Matrix. The Elephant And The Rider Factsheet (optional). Reasons For Not Recycling Mobile Phones (optional). Robinson Model Factsheet (optional).

Keywords: sustainability, recycling, phone, technology, minerals, resources, non-renewable, elements, mining, resistance, behaviour, behaviour change, emotion.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will ...

  • ... discover the various materials that are used in mobile phones.
  • ... understand the environmental impact of mining and disposing of certain materials.
  • ... understand the importance of recycling toxic and non-renewable materials.
  • ... investigate the barriers to mobile phone recycling.

Success criteria: Students can …

  • ... define key terms related to resources.
  • ... identify the role emotion plays in human behaviour.
  • ... develop strategies for influencing human behaviour.
  • ... identify solutions regarding resource mismanagement.

Teacher content information: MobileMuster is the product stewardship program of the mobile phone industry and is accredited by the federal government. It is voluntarily funded by all of the major handset manufacturers and network carriers to provide a free mobile phone recycling program in Australia to the highest environmental standard. The program is committed to raising awaren

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: What do emotions have to do with recycling?

Reasons For Mobile Phone Recycling:

  • According to the United Nations all the countries in the world combined generated a staggering 44.7 million tonnes or an equivalent of 6.1 kilogram per inhabitant of e-waste annually. Only 20% of e-waste is reported to be collected and recycled globally.
  • Mobile phone recycling is free and easy with over 3,500 public drop off locations across Australia.
  • Over 99% of the resources in mobile phones can be recovered and returned to the supply chain to go back into making new products.
  • Recycling 50,000 mobiles saves 99 tonnes of mineral resources and 19 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
  • There are approximately over 25 million unused mobile phones hidden in our drawers and cupboards across Australia. Of those 5 million are broken and no longer working. 
  • Only one in three Australians have ever recycled a mobile phone.

Reference: www.mobilemuster.com.au

Reasons for not recycling mobile pho

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